Danske Bank Export First Events 2015 – 2016
Sharing the Genesis Crafty Export Success Story – November 2016
McErlain’s Bakery, was founded in 1968 by the parents of the six brothers who are involved in it today.
From a simple home bakery founded on the premise: ‘Never sell what you wouldn’t eat yourself,’ Genesis Crafty has become a £22m operation, supplying top retailers in the UK & Ireland including M&S, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, the Henderson Group and the Musgrave Group.
Brian McErlain has been the driving force behind the bakery’s meteoric growth. Alongside expansion into new territories and innovative product development one of his greatest challenges was to transform what was once a small family business into an organisation with a distinct culture, clear goals and strong corporate governance.
Photography from this event can be viewed via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Sharing the Genesis Crafty Export Success Story
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Sharing the AJ Power Export Success Story – October 2016
Founded in 2003, AJ Power is based in a modern facility in Craigavon, Co Armagh. The company specialises in the volume manufacture and design of diesel generating sets with a management team who have over 40 years’ experience in the industry. All AJ Power generating sets provide reliable power, innovative design and peace of mind. The market for generating sets is growing rapidly, keeping pace with the rising demand for electricity, AJ Power is at the forefront with technology to meet this demand.
Since its inception the company has maintained continuous and remarkable growth and its products are now in use in over 80 countries around the world. AJ Power’s international presence is marked by an extensive network of distributors worldwide.
Photography from this event can be viewed via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Sharing the AJ Power Export Success Story
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Sharing the Devenish Nutrition Export Success Story – June 2016
Devenish is a global Agri-Technology company specializing in animal nutrition, they strive to be an innovator in animal nutrition by providing a wide range of products and services. They are dedicated to the research, development and manufacturing of quality premixes, pre-starters, starters and concentrates together with specialty products and solutions. Devenish’s principal objective is to develop strong relationships with customers, suppliers, managers and staff while creating value with every interaction.
Devenish currently exports products to over 25 countries worldwide. We continue to grow our global presence across all sectors of our business. The global presence enables Devenish to stay at the forefront of customer needs and provide proactive solutions to current and emerging challenges, adding value at every stage of the supply chain. This leads to advances in research and development and can be passed on to the producer at a local level.
Photography from this event can be viewed via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Sharing the Devenish Nutrition Export Success Story
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Sharing the Paradox Oils Export Success Story – April 2016
A new and revolutionary way forward in Omega purity, quality and stability, since its conception Paradox has become a No. 1 bestselling Omega 3 product around the world. The initial ideas behind a new solution to super quality and stability in Omega 3 supplementation came from patient’s experiences with what was considered to be poor quality Omega 3 fish oil supplements. Paradox has been developed using a natural and incredibly effective method which protects essential Omega fatty acids, keeping them fresh.
Run by Dr Geoff Hayhurst and his wife Michele from a small 10’ x 6’office in the basement of their house in East Belfast, the fledgling Paradox Oil enterprise has developed into a huge global business with a turnover of £1 million.
“With assistance from Invest NI and NI Chamber it wasn’t long before we were exporting to the Middle East. From there our export business has increased significantly making up 75 per cent of our turnover.” said Dr Geoff Hayhurst
Photography from this event can be viewed via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Sharing the Paradox Oils Export Success Story
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Sharing the Old Bushmills Distillery Export Success Story – March 2016
Dating back to 1608, the Bushmills Distillery is the oldest licensed distillery in the world. As of 2015, it has transitioned from ownership by Diageo plc to Casa Cuervo. The distillery is a popular tourist attraction, with around 120,000 visitors per year. All of the whiskey bottled under the Bushmills whiskey brand is produced at the Bushmills Distillery. A licence to distill in the area was granted to Sir Thomas Phillipps in 1608 by King JamesI, and the 1608 date is printed on the labels of the Bushmills brand whiskey. It uses water drawn from Saint Columb’s Rill which is a tributary of the River Bush.
“Export is at the heart of our continuing success story” – that’s according to David Gosnell, Chairman of The Old Bushmills Distillery, one of Northern Ireland’s leading and oldest exporters. Mr Gosnell was speaking at the latest ‘Danske Bank Export First’ event which took place at the world famous Old Bushmills Distillery.
Photography from this event can be viewed via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Sharing the Old Bushmills Distillery Export Success Story
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Sharing the Noonan Export Success Story – October 2015
With more than 14,500 Employees and a self-delivery capability of 82%, NOONAN is a leading provider of Strategically Outsourced Services operating across Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man. They offer the widest range of self-delivered services, from supply of soft services to building maintenance and technical and fully integrated facility management solutions.
Since joining Noonan in 1999, John O’Donoghue has led the company strategically through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions. Noonan is now firmly established as a market leading provider of strategic outsourcing solutions in the Island of Ireland and GB, self-delivering in excess of 80 different services, with a workforce of nearly 14,000 people and a turnover for 2015 is estimated at 300M euro. Sharing the NOONAN story with over 25 business representatives, this event closed the 2015 series of Danske Bank Export First events.
Celine Magill of Art on Fashion – one of the local business representatives in attendance – said: “Coming to an event like this is all about networking, developing my contacts and hoping to get introductions into new markets.”
Photography from this event can be viewed via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Sharing the Noonan Export Success Story
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Sharing the Norbrook Laboratories Export Success Story – September 2015
Norbrook Laboratories hosted this Inspirational Event, on this occasion with the Chair of the Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Dr Andrew McCormick, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Norbrook Laboratories are a true innovator and dedicated to novel research and revolutionary processes and products within the pharmaceutical industry.
R&D is key to Norbrook’s company’s structure, investing more than 10% of its turnover annually in research and development of new products meaning the company is at the forefront of formulation technology and has developed many new chemical routes for the synthesis of active materials. Norbrook has formulated and registered more than 800 products in 120 countries.
Photography from the event can be viewed via the following link – Danske Bank Export First: Norbrook September 2015
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Sharing the Automated Intelligence Export Success Story – August 2015
The third event took place in the Ulster Museum, 26 guests heard the inspirational growth story of Automated Intelligence from Mark Godfrey and Simon Cole.
Automated Intelligence is an award-winning and highly acclaimed Belfast-based software company which focuses on innovation and expertise to deliver growth and success. Experienced enterprise software industry experts, Mark Godfrey and Simon Cole, founded Automated Intelligence (AI) in 2010, in Belfast with a new innovative idea for the information management market. The vision was to provide enterprise software solutions to cut data costs and improve data management, efficiencies and compliance.
Its products have been adopted by a range of public, private and third sector organisations across the UK including Department for Education, London Borough of Islington, Department of Health, the British Red Cross and some beachhead customers in Western Europe.
Through a round table discussion with a select group of business leaders, Mark and Simon shared the inspirational growth story of Automated Intelligence, how it has gone from strength to strength, lessons learned and how they are delivering exceptional business results.
Photography from this event can be viewed via the following link – Danske Bank Export First: Private Dinner with Automated Intelligence
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Sharing the Randox Export Success Story – June 2015
As a global market leader within the in vitro diagnostics industry, Randox Laboratories develops innovative diagnostic solutions for hospitals, clinical, research and molecular labs, food testing, forensic toxicology, veterinary labs and life sciences – with offices and distribution in over 145 countries. As one of Norhtern Ireland’s largest exporters, NI Chamber and series partner Danske Bank and airline partner Etihad were delighted to welcome Dr Peter FitzGerald, Founder and Managing Director of Randox Laboratories to share the inspirational growth story of how he has led Randox to global success.
Photography from the event can be found via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Private Dinner with Randox Laboratories
You can find out more information about Randox by visiting their website – Randox
Seamus Connolly, Fast Engineering and Irwin Armstrong, CIGA Healthcare share their export experiences at the Danske Bank Export First Dinner with Randox Laboratories.
Sharing the Devenish Nutrition Export Success Story – March 2015
Devenish Nutrition is a leader in developing and offering nutritional solutions to the challenges faced by livestock producers and owners of companion & leisure animals. Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Devenish Nutrition has production facilities in Belfast, Widnes and Sheffield in the UK and Minnesota and Iowa in the United States. Through its distributors and worldwide customers, Devenish Nutrition now supply products to over 25 countries globally.
Over 50 exporters from across Northern Ireland joined the Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr Stephen Farry and Devenish at the first Danske Bank Export First Event of 2015.
The event, organised by NI Chamber, programme partner Danske Bank and airline partner Etihad was hosted in the surroundings of Devenish Nutrition’s Global Food Security Labs at Queen’s University, and provided exporters with an opportunity to discuss a number of business concerns directly with the Minister.
Photography from the event can be found via this link – Danske Bank Export First: Meet the Minister with Department for Employment and Learning
You can find out more information about Devenish by visiting their website – Devenish Nutrition
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